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Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Content Standards.


Processing, Analyzing, and Responding to Sensory Information Through the Language and Skills Unique to Dance

Students perceive and respond, using the elements of dance. They demonstrate movement skills, process sensory information, and describe movement, using the vocabulary of dance.

Development of Motor Skills and Technical Expertise
  • 1.1 Move in a variety of directed ways.
  • 1.2 Imitate the movements shown.
Comprehension and Analysis of Dance Elements
  • 1.3 Respond in movement to opposites (e.g., big/small, fast/slow, tight/loose, move/stop).
Development of Dance Vocabulary
  • 1.4 Name the opposites in basic movements (e.g., big/small).


Creating, Performing, and Participating in Dance

Students apply choreographic principles, processes, and skills to create and communicate meaning through the improvisation, composition, and performance of dance.

Creation/Invention of Dance Movements
  • 2.1 Create movements that reflect a variety of daily tasks and activities.
  • 2.2 Respond to visual and sound stimuli (e.g., bubbles, feathers, bell, clock, ball) with original movement.
  • 2.3 Respond spontaneously to different types of music and rhythms.


Understanding the Historical Contributions and Cultural Dimensions of Dance

Students analyze the function and development of dance in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to dance and dancers.

Development of Dance
  • 3.1 Name and play children's dance games from countries around the world.


Responding to, Analyzing, and Making Judgments About Works of Dance

Students critically assess and derive meaning from works of dance, performance of dancers, and original works according to the elements of dance and aesthetic qualities.

Description, Analysis, and Criticism of Dance
  • 4.1 Describe how everyday movements can be used in dance (e.g., walk quickly, stretch slowly).


Connecting and Applying What Is Learned in Dance to Learning in Other Art Forms and Subject Areas and to Careers

Students apply what they learn in dance to learning across subject areas. They develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and management of time and resources that contribute to lifelong learning and career skills. They also learn about careers in and related to dance.

Connections and Applications Across Disciplines
  • 5.1 Participate in dance games, sing songs, recite poems, and tell stories from countries around the world.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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